By: Melissa Toupin
Students at Rogers High School in Newport are learning about the attack on a teacher for the first time today.
"It reflects so badly on our school that it's...not good," said Rogers senior Sophia Waugh.
A fellow classmate, who hasn't been identified, was taken out of school in handcuffs yesterday after punching his science teacher in the face. The 17–year–old is now charged with felony assault.
"We take this very seriously," said Lt. William Fitzgerald of the Newport Police Department.
Police say the student and his mother were meeting with the teacher regarding a separate incident with another student.
"I guess the student got upset thinking that the teacher was taking the other students side. At which time the student punched the teacher several times," said Lt. Fitzgerald.
The teens mother was just a few feet away.
"She was beside herself," said Lt. Fitzgerald.
The 45–year–old teacher needed several stitches.
"No student should ever raise his hands to a teacher. It's a role model. They're there to teach. It's a terrible thing to hear," said Brian Waugh who has two children in the high school.
Newport Public Schools Superintendent tells ABC6 he will take appropriate disciplinary action.
Sophia Waugh says the injured teacher is loved by his students.
"He's so worried about us getting AP credit, and he's always dedicated to the class," said Waugh.
The teacher is home for the rest of the week while he recovers. Police say additional charges could be filed against the student.